Since the Nashville Predators began to ramp up their activities after the Olympic break, goaltender Pekka Rinne has been right there with them.
After several sessions of increasing his activity in the Predators practices over the past few days, Rinne was checked out medically to see if any negative repercussions had occurred from his growing workout level.
More good news for Rinne today, as according to Predators head coach Barry Trotz, the netminder was given the go ahead to increase his activity even more.
Rinne has been given go-ahead to ramp up physical activity, per Trotz
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Trotz was quick to add that the netminder will not be starting Nashville’s next game on Thursday, but did say that next step, finally, isn’t too far off.
“It’s been such a long time that I’m not going to worry over one day or two days,” Rinne told the Nashville Post. “In practice we’ve been doing everything we possibly can to kind of simulate game action and whatever situations we might face. The next step is playing games, and hopefully that’s really soon.”
So far it has been nothing but positive news the last few days for Rinne and the Predators, and it’s very much in the realm of possibility that we will see the goaltender starting a game soon.
A conditioning stint with the Predators American Hockey League affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, is still a possibility for Rinne and would likely come in the next week or so if that’s the direction Nashville’s decides to take.
If you missed it, here’s video of Rinne practicing and facing shots on Thursday: